Virtua Tennis 2009
|a game by||Sumo Digital|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, PC, Playstation 3|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||Tennis Games|
Other Than a few new minigames involving hitting wooden pirate ships with tennis balls or potting pool balls with, well, tennis balls again, I can't honestly say that much has changed since I played the very first Virtua Tennis game many years ago. Despite claims of 'revamped'. World Tour modes and various things like that, Virtua Tennis 2009s game model hasn't changed since then - it's still the epitome of arcade action and lacks any depth.
It's still almost impossible to hit the ball out in open play, meaning matches with two players of decent ability could go on for hours, with rallies only ending when one guy falls asleep and fails to press fire. So that's oversimplifying things somewhat, but doubles matches certainly feel like this.
When you've only really got three shots - top spin, slice and lob -the lack of variety does create carbon-copy rallies that occurr over and over again.
The World Tour mode is excruciatingly dull too, with each tournament inching your ranking up by a couple of measly points. Yes, this means that if you get all the way to number one in the rankings, you've certainly earned it, in terms of time invested, but only the most determined or hardened fans will make it this far. Boredom is sure to set in far too guickly.
The AI is also either unbelievably rubbish (not moving to hit the ball until it's gone past) or stubbornly perfect (making every rally last an extremely long time). On the harder difficulty settings, the lack of variety in the way you can approach the game really shows, removing the ability to win points with a touch of magic. All in all, Virtua Tennis 2009 is a disappointing and flat experience that's only really any fun when played with a friend, who may make an occasional error.